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Petersburg Area Transit unveils new bus fleet

Posted at 2:07 PM, Jul 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-07 18:50:12-04

PETERSBURG, Va. -- Petersburg Area Transit unveiled seven new transit buses Tuesday morning, their first new bus fleet in more than five years.

The transit buses were purchased largely with federal and state government funds.

City leaders held a ribbon cutting Tuesday morning to show off the new buses, that are also equipped with WIFI, courtesy of Petersburg Public Library.

“Our patrons deserve the best. As Petersburg Area Transit has one of the oldest fleets in the Commonwealth, replacement of these older vehicles will lower repair costs, offer fewer service interruptions and more comfortable rides for our patrons,” said PAT Director, Charles L. Koonce, Jr.

Tuesday's unveil marked the second year of PATs capital replacement plan.

The new buses were also purchased in part through a partnership between PAT and Peoples Advantage Federal Credit Union. The partnership included a $5,000 bus donation.

PAT serves Petersburg, Hopewell, Colonial Heights and surrounding counties.